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09/07/2011

by Marilyn Rhames
September 7, 2011 

We were making our final descent toward LaGuardia airport in New York when my husband nudged me from his window seat. 

"Look at the Twin Towers," he said in awe. "They look so eerie from up here."

08/11/2011

By Bill Turque
 
The gulf in academic achievement separating public schools in the District’s poorest neighborhoods from those in its most affluent has narrowed slightly in some instances but remains vast, an analysis of 2011 test score data show.
 

08/06/2011

By 
The Washington Post

The gulf in academic achievement separating public schools in the District’s poorest neighborhoods from those in its most affluent has narrowed slightly in some instances but remains vast, an analysis of 2011 test score data show.

07/15/2011

The results of IMPACT, DCPS’s teacher evaluation system, were shared with DCPS employees today.  Teachers receive one of four ratings—Highly Effective, Effective, Minimally Effective or Ineffective based on observations and student performance scores. For teachers receiving the highest rating, “Highly Effective,” there is a bonus incentive of $20,000.

06/30/2011

Independent think-tank, Education Sector, releases a report analyzing IMPACT

The sometimes controversial teacher evaluation system employed by DCPS, IMPACT, receives a thorough investigation by experts.

This 16 page report was written by Susan Headden of Eudaction Sector, who says, "IMPACT may be an imperfect measuring tool, but, as many experts see it, it may be the best one out there right now."

From Education Sector's website:

06/29/2011

Original article here: http://wapo.st/ingpcA

A new schools chief needs a D.C. Council push
By RICHARD WHITMIRE, Published: June 24

These days, D.C. Council members may be feeling pretty defensive about tricked-out SUVs and allegations of bribery and campaign shenanigans. But when it comes to D.C. schools, they believe they are on a roll.

06/27/2011

Last Tuesday, the DC City Council unanimously confimed Kaya Henderson’s appointment to be Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Since last fall, Chancellor Henderson has been serving as Interim Chancellor after the departure of Michelle Rhee.

02/28/2011

In a Huffington Post column, Richard Whitmire argues that stakeholders in public education should stop vilifying teachers' unions:

"Does achieving aggressive school reform require vilifying the teachers unions?

12/09/2010

Elementary Students Encouraged to Set College Goals

Ed Week's Caralee J. Adams examines the newly redesigned elementary school, No Excuses University, where educators work tirelessly to instill in students how valuable–and how feasible–it is to attain a college education: "To get children thinking about college early, Los Penasquitos Elementary School in San Diego changed its name to No Excuses University at Los Pen.

12/08/2010

A new tool is available on the DCPS website that allows prospective and current parents to track school performance, demographics, and extracurricular offerings. Users can also compare schools and learn how many out-of-boundary students each school accepts. Explore the new tool here.

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